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general information
General Information
  • General features
  • What’ new
  • Scholarly responsibility
  • History
  • Readership & Content
  • All enquiries and orders

General Information

General features :

  • First reference-point for medievalists to current scholarship
  • 300,000 unrivalled records of articles, review articles, scholarly notes and similar literature on all aspects of medieval studies
  • 15,000 new entries each year, each entry fully classified
  • quarterly updates covering publications from 1967 to 2002 inclusive
  • greatly reduced time between the classification of records and their availability. IMB-Online appears 6 months ahead of the printed version of the IMB
  • a comprehensive cataloguing and indexing system, using familiar, multilingual terminology defined by professional medievalists for medievalists
  • 120,000 index terms, classified into six types (subjects, persons, texts, places, manuscripts, etc.)
  • worldwide network of fifty teams to ensure regular coverage of 4,500 periodicals and a total of over 5,000 miscellany volumes
  • the only truly “international” bibliography for the Middle Ages, covering publications in over 30 languages

General Information

What’s new :

  • From 2001 onwards a major new programme of enhancements has started for the IMB. The principal new features comprise:
    • online access besides consultation on Cd-Rom
    • searching by a standard browser-interface (Internet Explorer)
    • enhanced searching possibilities:
      • free search across all fields
      • hierarchical index searching by periods or centuries
      • hierarchical index searching of a controlled vocabulary of subjects
      • separate index of places and regions
      • separate index of persons and texts
      • separate index of manuscript schelfmarks
    • multilingual thesauruses to support searches (for places and persons who are known under different forms
    • restricting searches by the languages of the works catalogued (initially for English, French, German, Italian, Danish-Norwegian-Swedish, Dutch, Hungarian, , Portuguese-Galician, Russian, Spanish-Catalan , Welsh and Latin)
    • ISBNs searchable
    • search history function.
    • coverage of periodicals
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General Information

Scholarly responsability :

The International Medieval Bibliography,

the world’s leading bibliography of the European Middle Ages,

from the International Medieval Institute at Leeds

Parkinson 1.03 University of Leeds LEEDS LS2 9JT, U.K. Email:

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General Information


The International Medieval Bibliography is today recognised as the leading bibliography of the European Middle Ages (c. 450-1500). It was established in the mid-1960s by IMI with the support of the Medieval Academy of America to provide a current bibliography of articles from periodicals and miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, Festschriften or collections of essays). It has been published since 1968 and in the intervening period has catalogued and classified over 300,000 medieval records. An electronic version has been available since 1995. The records are drawn from the regular coverage of over 4000 periodicals and 5000 miscellany volumes over this thirty-year period. Not only does the IMB provide full bibliographical information to the records from the publications, but it provides a comprehensive cataloguing and indexing system to assist the user in identifying all relevant records. A unique network of over 50 specialist contributors and teams throughout the world ensures regular coverage of articles in journals and miscellanies from the Americas, Europe and the Pacific.

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General Information

Readership & Content

The IMB is the first reference point for any medievalist, from the high school or undergraduate student to the most senior scholar.

The discipline areas to which the IMB is relevant include:

  • Classics – particularly late Patristic, insular and medieval Latin and the works of the early humanists.
  • English Language and Literature – from old and Middle English texts, to their analogues or sources in other European languages, and the cultural context of literary works.
  • History and Archaeology of Medieval Europe(c. 400-1500) – all sub-disciplines, and for all areas of Europe.
  • History of Education (early schools and medieval universities).
  • ·Modern (European) Languages and Literatures – the origins of the language and pre-modern literature in that language.
  • ·Theology (late Patristic to early Reformation periods) and Philosophy (from neo-Platonism to Humanism).
  • Art History: from classical art and architecture to the Renaissance – Music: early music
  • Theatre and Performance Arts: early drama, and other performance and recreational arts (including sports) - Rhetoric and Communication Studies.

General Information

All enquiries and orders

Brepols PublishersBegijnhof 67B-2300 TURNHOUT, Belgium

Tel: +32 (14) 448020; Fax: +32 (14) 428919



Quick Guide (search screen)

Search terms can either be keyed into the search fields directly, or chosen from the browse lists

The “precise range” only allows searches by one or more centurys. The “rough range” will also include records with a general interest.

Press to start search or use the enter button

Changes the language interface (English, French or German)


Quick Guide (search screen)

Press to display resarch results

= final number of search results

= number of search results for every single search field


Quick Guide (hitlist)

Use the buttons to change the sort order of the hitlist

Remove and tick the boxes to make a selection

To browse

To give more detailed information


Quick Guide (view document)

Use the navigation buttons to browse

Final result screen

Gives full bibliographical details on each of the articles found

more complex searches
More complex searches
  • Browse List
  • The hierarchical index tree
  • Boolean operators in the search fields
  • Boolean operators between the search fields
  • Coverage
  • Export the results

Browse List

Instead of typing a word in the search field one can also question the Browse List


Browse List (line and wordlist)

  • Some search fields have two browse lists : a line and wordlist
  • a linelist is an index of every entry (e.g. “The account book of Beaulieu Abbey”)
  • a word list is an index of every single word (e.g. “The”, “account”, “book”, “of”, “Beaulieu”, “Abbey”)

Select a term or double click to insert the word as a search criter

Browse the list by using the position field or navigation buttons


The hierarchical index tree

The hierarchical lists by subject, place and date form a Table of Contents. Click on the icon to go to a deeper level.


The hierarchical index tree

When clicking on the underlined terms it will be copied in the appropriate search-field or you will go directly to the individual record


The hierarchical index tree


The index terms of level three correspond with “specific subjects” of the search field


Boolean operators

in the search field


Boolean operators in the search field

When the cursor is placed in a search field, you can formulate any simple or complex question with Boolean operators ( “and”, “not” & “or”) and brackets


Boolean operators in the search field

View document :

The words of a search query are being highlighted


Boolean operators

between the search fields


Boolean operators between the search fields

Press to change the kind of relation between the fields



“Coverage” lists all the journals in which relevant material on the Middle Ages was found and catalogued.

A list of all sources (miscellanies inclusive) can be consulted with the “publications” button on the search screen.


To export results

In the settings screen you chose what fields need to be exported

Press to export the selected records.

You can chose a csv. format or a html format.

(no more than 250 records will be exported)


To export results

Export as .html

(can easily be imported in a word processor)

Export as .csv

(can easily be imported in a database)

Chose the directory where you want to save the file